September 6, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying this long, hot weekend!

Thank you to all who joined us for our Family Trivia Night this past Saturday! Big thanks to Candice Lai and the PTO for buying the prizes and planning this event. If you won a prize, please stop by the school between 8-3 Wednesday-Friday this week. Our next virtual family event will be Bingo Night with the famous Jackpot Joey!

Remote Learning Schedule

Last week was our first experience with the full remote learning schedule. Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we work through all of the technology and scheduling difficulties. If your child is feeling overwhelmed or experiencing significant problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help brainstorm ways to make this a positive experience for you and your family.


  1. Create a visible schedule for your child and hang it up near their workspace.
  2. Please review the schedule with your child every morning, so they know what to expect. 
  3. Since students will be going from on and offline throughout the day, and meeting with their teacher at specific times, setting a timer (maybe on an old phone) would be a great way to remind your child when it's time to log on.
  4. Give yourself grace. This will be a big adjustment, mistakes will be made, and we will continue to grow!
  5. If your child received a work packet, please do not work ahead and wait for the teacher to use the handouts for their instruction.
  6. Your child will be asked to complete the iReady Diagnostics. Please do not provide any assistance, so we gain an accurate picture of their learning progress.

Technical Problems

We are still experiencing major issues with Zoom. Teachers have started using Google Meet as well but with limited success. Zoom has acknowledged that many of these issues are due to their platform and their engineers are working to find a solution. Hopefully we will have a resolution this week.

Return to School Plans

Our Superintendent presented a return to school plan to the School Board on September 4th. Please click below for the presentation.

Special Board Meeting_School Reopening Plans_9.4.2020.pptx_English (3).pdf 

The School Board is scheduled to vote on a return to school plan at the September 15th Board meeting at 6:30 pm. I will be meeting with the Superintendent and cabinet this week to create a plan to elicit feedback from the community on these proposals. For now, if you have any questions or would like to understand better how these plans will work for Carrillo, please feel free to call or email me. Although we will not solidify plans until the School Board votes, I am more than happy to share my thinking with all of you. However, I hesitate to explain it here out of fear of having to retract statements and causing confusion.

PTO Website

Please visit, and possibly bookmark, our PTO website You can also sign up for their weekly eblasts, which is a great way to stay up to date with all of the Carrillo events. We are so fortunate to have such a fantastic group of people who work hard to make our school the best possible!

Meal Service

Our District is offering FREE “Grab & Go” breakfast and lunch meal combos for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2020-21 School year.  Parents and Guardians are allowed to pick up meals for their children but must identify their child with a student ID number or lunch card. Carrillo’s meal service is from 11 am-1 pm Monday through Friday. Please click on this attachment for the complete meal schedule. 

Information meal program.JPG 

Our District is also delivering meals via bus. Please click below for the locations and times.


PTO Giving Month

Please see the attached letter from our PTO President, Candice Lai, regarding our Giving Month campaign.

PTO Giving Month Letter to Parents 2020-2021.pdf 

We are still collecting Boxtops to raise funds as well!

Boxtops can now be done virtually. Please click below for instructions:


Student Council and Carrillo Ambassadors

Both programs are currently suspended until we can return to in-person learning. We will inform our 4th and 5th-grade students and families when we are ready to restart these programs. Most likely, they will begin at the beginning of next semester. 

Upcoming School and PTO Dates:

September 2020

11th PTO Executive Board Meeting (3pm)**All Parents are welcome to attend. This will also be a good time to ask me questions and learn more about the return to school plans.

11th Red/White/Blue Spirit Day

15th- 16th Tin Leaf Dine Out 3pm-8pm

18th- Preschool- Wear Red

18th- Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Materials Pickup

24th- 1st Grade Materials Pick Up


7th- My Yard Live Dine Out 5 pm- 8pm

9th- 3rd and 4th Grade Materials Pickup

24th- Virtual Family Bingo Night RSVP here

Please click on the appropriate link below if you would like to sign up for updates and quick reminders.


TK and Kindergarten-

1st-grade -

2nd-grade -

3rd-grade -

4th-grade -

5th-grade -


Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

Office- 760 290-2904

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